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Frost On My Moustache: The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer [Paperback]

Tim Moore
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6 Jan 2000

Inspired by the swashbuckling travelogues of Victorian diplomat Lord Dufferin, frail surburbanite Tim Moore sets out to prove his physical and spiritual worth before his sceptical Nordic in-laws by retracing Dufferin's epic voyage to Iceland and Spitzbergen.

Dufferin's battles with icebergs, polar bears and the deep potations of hospitable Norsemen is a tale of derring-do; Moore's struggle against seasickness, vertigo and over-priced groceries is all too plainly one of derring-don't. As his bid to emulate the Empire tradition of fearless pluck in the face of adversity crumbles before haughty Icelandic skippers, a convoy of Norwegian Vikings and Spitzbergen's Soviet ghost towns, he finds himself transferring his affections to Dufferin's valet Wilson, a man so profoundly gloomy that 'he was seen to smile but once, when told that his colleague, the steward, had been almost thrown overboard'. As Moore says, 'Dufferin seems the personification of Kipling's 'If'. I'm more of a 'But... ' man myself.'

FROST ON MY MOUSTACHE is the wretched apologia of a big earl's blouse.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (6 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349111405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349111407
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, The Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points and I Believe In Yesterday. He lives in London.

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The Lord of Frost on my Moustache: The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and Loafer is Victorian diplomat, Marquess Dufferin, who sailed his private yacht to Iceland and the Arctic Circle and back in 1856. The Loafer is Tim Moore, a London journalist who decides to follow in the great man's footsteps. "Dufferin seems the personification of Kipling's If,observes Moore; "I'm more of a 'But...' man myself."

The resulting book brilliantly contrasts the derring-do of Dufferin's heroic gentleman-adventurer exploits (icebergs, polar bears and so on) with the derring-don't of Moore, who gets sea-sick, saddle-sore and twists his ankle. Moore has a great sense for timing a punch-line; this is some of the best comic travel writing since Bill Bryson or maybe even Jerome K. Jerome. For example, he turns suffering seasickness on a boat to Iceland into a laugh-out-loud, gut-pummelling episode. In this reviewer's opinion, Frost on my Moustache is sure to become a comic classic. --Adam Roberts


There won't be a funnier or more original contender until Tim Moore publishes his next volume ... There hasn't been such a fresh voice among itinerant writers since Redmond O'Hanlon or Bill Bryson got started (SPECTATOR)

Regularly had me laughing out loud (SUNDAY TIMES)

His is a rare comic talent, and his debut a brilliantly sustained piece of travel writing (THE TIMES)

One of the funniest travelogues you will ever read (EXPRESS)

Made me laugh out loud helplessly in public, like an escaped psychopath (Observer)

A Joy (Vic Reeves)

Book of the Year (Spectator)

A hilarious journal of sustained sardonic humour (Esquire)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't come much better than this. 1 Feb 2002
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A dangerous book to read in public... you will get some odd looks. This is possibly the funniest book I have read. I can't think of one that has made me laugh more. The idea is very engaging... Tim Moore tries to follow in the footsteps of an eccentric adventurer and in so doing casts himself as the hopelessly inept traveller, who achieves his task more by luck than judgement. He makes himself the target of some extremely funny, humiliating and indeed hairy situations, griping and moaning self-pityingly all the way... and the result is hysterical. He has a great style too: easy to read... sometimes whimsical, sometimes gritty. Always entertaining. A genuine adventure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, fascinating travelogue 19 Oct 2001
In this and his later book "Continental Drifter", Tim Moore takes an old travelogue and broadly re-traces the journey. The original in this case is a Victorian account of a journey to Iceland, Norway and Spitzbergen (Letter from High Latitudes by Lord Dufferin - well worth a read too).
If you've ever enjoyed a Bill Bryson book you'll love this. He's clever without being a smartarse, funny without losing the book's focus, and researches his subject with real thoroughness, while still eagerly seizing on all cheap laughs wherever they can be found. What's more, unlike any of Bryson's books, he has a well-defined aim which he (mostly) sees right through to the end.
The descriptions of his destinations are wonderfully well-observed, helped by the huge changes of recent history. His reflections on Lord Dufferin himself are colourful and poignant. And the joke from which the title originates is a cracker.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (Another) Scandinavian Girl Loves Tim Moore 22 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Whether you are planning a trip to Scandinavia or not doesn't matter. This book is such an extremely funny piece of comedy-writing that it has to be read at all costs. Tim Moore is fantastically perceptive when it comes to desricibing Scandinavian attitude and life style (platform trainers, stupid glasses, heavy late-night drinking et al). But nothing is funnier than his tale of German (sorry, Austrian)enduro freaks with vacuum packed musli on the loose in the Icelandic desert...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the funniest writer around at the moment! 10 Feb 2003
I love Tim Moore's books and this one is his best. I cannot recommend 'Frost on my Moustache' highly enough. On the slightly risable premise of following in the footsteps of some 18th century gent, Moore embarks on an uncomfortable, unlikely and unglamourous trawl around Northern Europe, largely by sea - unfortunate as he is profusely and lavishly sea sick. The bike ride across Iceland with his Brother-in-Law is also priceless, prefiguring his attempt to follow the Tour de France in his later book, French Revolutions.
Moore is some sort of comic genius who combines travel with history and humour, and is never afraid to send himself up as being slightly inept and a bit poncy. Three years on, I am still boring people by harping on about how good this book is.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read! 25 Nov 2003
By Manwell
What can I say? This book is brilliant! If you're looking for a comedy book, then you absolutely must buy this one! It starts off a bit slow, but once Tim Moore gets going, the laughs come thick and fast! A bit more insight:
Tim is looking to emulate the journey of Lord Dufferin, which involves travelling to some foreign countries, most notable Iceland and Norway. What follows is more like an adventure, but Tim puts his own perspective on things to turn into a hiliarious read. From popping one too many seasick tablets, nearly falling to his death and discovering some very strange things that foreigners actually do - it all is very original and a great read, very possibly the funniest book I've ever read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book I have ever read - bar none 9 July 1999
By A Customer
I got so tired of arriving at work with another funny anecdote to tell from this book, I ended up buying a copy for the guy I sit next to. Moore manages to make ridiculous situations so realistic, you squirm with embarrassment when he does and laugh at his foppish manner with every page. Icelanders might not find it as funny as I did, nor the hapless Mr Slee who provides the biggest laugh of all unwittingly. The best travel companion I can recommend, whether it's for a week in the Costa Del Sol, Copenhagen, or the daily trip on the District Line.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Side-splittingly funny 10 July 2002
Tim Moore's first and (so far) best book is the tale of a modern Everyman from London trying to master Arctic nature and Icelandic and Norwegian culture. A friend gave me this book for my birthday, and I spend a whole sleepless night chortling and giggling in my bed. I've taken the book with me on the bus for rereading, and my involuntary silly smiles and occasional outbursts of laughter has earned me looks from other passengers. In short, this is a very funny book indeed.
Some reviewers have complained that Moore is too negative. Well, at least he's open about his shortcomings. I believe that some traits are also played up for their comic effect. He's also good at capturing that special low-level paranoia that a lot of tourists and travellers display when abroad. Finally, I have to admit that a lot of the things he has to say about Scandinavians are very true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 6 Oct 2001
By A Customer
REALLY FUNNY....and written in such a readable and flowing style. Tim Moore is a VERY talented wit and raconteur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant book
Someone recommended this book to me so I bought it and it really did make me laugh out loud. I enjoyed it so much that I have since bought all of Tim Moore's other books and read... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bonusking
2.0 out of 5 stars Gets on my wick
This book is similar to "Continental Drifter" in that Tim Moore tries to recreate a travelogue in the footsteps of a former adventurer . Read more
Published 12 months ago by Miss L. Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Frost on my moustache book
This was purchased as a present for my husbands birthday. I chose it as we had travelled around Iceland for our honeymoon 4 years ago. I think he enjoyed it!
Published 12 months ago by ClaireBearT
1.0 out of 5 stars boring book, content false!
After having spent time living in Iceland i was excited to read a book about someone elses experience there.
unfortunately, This book is full of nonsense. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2011 by Tim
1.0 out of 5 stars A not so great travel book
Ok first off. I love travel books. Its practically the only type of book I read...

I have read the likes of Danny Wallace, Dave Gorman, Peter Moore, Bill Bryson and the... Read more
Published on 23 April 2010 by Mr. Brain
1.0 out of 5 stars A hard book to read
Normally with a book I'll read it in a couple of day's, but with this I'm having trouble. I really want to finish it, some of the humour is really quite funny, but the rest is... Read more
Published on 12 May 2007 by A. Peters
1.0 out of 5 stars bad book
the contents of this book are rubbish.Most of it is simply not true about Iceland
Published on 25 Aug 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning
This book is the worst i have read in ages. Do not know where the 4 stars came from on the review!!!!!
Published on 25 Aug 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me want to write something.
I didn't but this book was so great, so funny that I wished I could write something!
Published on 11 Feb 2004 by C. Fisher
2.0 out of 5 stars it is sad that it was writtern
I had high hopes for this book but unfortunatly it was a great disappiontment. First i should say that this book is well writtern, Moore is tallented, that is not what ruins this... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2004
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